- WELCOME to our second quarterly newsletter of 2018! Coming up over the next few weeks we look forward to sharing a stage with Helen Clark, former chief of UNDP, and to hosting the second UNU-MERIT Internal Conference.
- Through our research and training we explore the push and pull of international development: focusing on innovation through science and entrepreneurship (#SDG9), and governance through public policy analysis (#SDG16), as well as many other aspects of the 2030 Agenda.
- Join us for two events on 25 April with former UNDP chief Helen Clark. First, a conversation with students and researchers on 'The UN and the Future We Want', covering the role of non-state actors, the impact of innovation and technology, and the challenges facing the UN both now and in the future.
- Then, a screening of the documentary 'My Year with Helen' -- a story of leadership, patriarchy, women and power as filmmaker Gaylene Preston follows Helen Clark in her attempt to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling: to become the first female UN Secretary-General (#SDG5).
- Prof. Pierre Mohnen will lead UNU-MERIT’s stake in WATSON: a new 1 million euro innovation project funded by the European Commission. Part of the Horizon 2020 programme, WATSON is an 18-month project involving EU research institutions and SMEs working in financial services and economics (#SDG9).
- A new Master in Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets will launch in September 2018, a collaborative effort between UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics. "Emerging economies are changing the world radically," says Dr. Kaj Thomsson. "This programme will strengthen our position as an international knowledge centre" (#SDG8).
‘Immigrant student achievement and education policy cross-cultural approaches’ is the new book by Prof. Louis Volante, Dr. Ozge Bilgili, et al. This edited volume examines immigrant student achievement and education policy across a range of Western nations. Each of the national profiles provides a brief overview of the evolution of the cultural composition of their respective school-aged student population; explains the trajectory of achievement results in non-immigrant and immigrant student groups in relation to both national and international large-scale assessment measures; and discusses the effectiveness of policy responses that have been adopted to close the achievement gap between non-immigrant and immigrant student populations (#SDG4).
- Apply now for the September 2018 intake of our top-ranked Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development. The deadline is 15 June for students requiring a visa, and 15 July for those who do not.
- What can you expect? A concentrated one-year programme; around four hours of class per day; training in small international groups; skills trainings, workshops, presentations, debates; personal guidance; and overall a fun but challenging programme (#SDG4)!
- Would you like to reconnect with your former fellow students in Maastricht? Are you interested in alumni events in your region? Sign up for the online Alumni Portal, to find former classmates, register for alumni events, and get the latest newsletters and magazines. (#SDG4).
- We recently caught up with alumni from our Master’s programme during our spring Master’s Open Day at UNU-MERIT, as well as at events with the OECD and British Embassy in Paris (#SDG4).
- Conflicts raged across Latin America for many decades. But what exactly brought peace? Purely military ‘solutions’ or more social interventions? Read about this and more in our March publications.
- Food security is doubly threatened by climate change and population growth. Could better storage technologies address some of these challenges, in Ethiopia for example? See all our February publications.
- Many institutions play a vital role in sub-Saharan aid effectiveness -- but how important is donor specialisation? Browse all our January publications.
- Read our recent blogs on the 'Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development', on the migration project ‘Helping Students in Acceptance’, and how Chinese aid affects peoples’ lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
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